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Presencing to welcome what’s to come

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 5.5

We often think we are ready to listen, but are we? Otto Scharmer’s research on presencing gives us three openings to be ready to listen for the emergence of new possibilities. Do you know the three openings?

  1. Open our mind.
  2. Open our heart.
  3. Open our will.



Note: Two for You written transcripts are generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain errors. Please check the corresponding audio before referencing content in print.

[Denise] Hello and welcome to Two for You. When we are hoping for positive change in our neighborhoods and in our communities we need to first start within ourselves. Otto Scharmer talks about the concept of presencing.

And what that is it's really taking notice of what we're saying within ourselves.  Are we really open for positive change? Or do we have narratives that block us?

[Lori] Right and so what he talks about is really focusing on three different parts or different ways to open.

And the first one is opening our mind, you know opening our mind from this judgment to more of a curiosity zone.

And the second one is opening our heart moving from cynicism to a place of compassion.

And the third opening is opening your will from fear to courage.

[Denise] And if we can do that, if we can really take note of the narratives that are blocking us and moving ourselves to a more open place so we can be here and now and yet being welcoming to what's to come, then we will be better leaders. We'll be better family members, community members, and we will take that with us especially as we live and lead with intention.

Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

Reviewed in 2021

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